Best Canlit podcasts we could find (Updated September 2019)
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Can't Lit
Monthly
 
A podcast on all things Canadian and Literature and then some.
 
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semi-prose
Monthly
 
semi-prose is the books podcast that’s half as serious and twice as smart as your other favorite books podcast. Join Evan, Allie, Kristina, and Max: four semi-professional readers as they explore new Canadian books through their personal histories, stores of pop culture, and readerly curiosities, before the pros – the authors themselves – join the conversation. Because when you’re done the last page, you’ve only really read the half of it.
 
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Reading West
Monthly
 
This podcast features Western Canadian authors reading from their novels, short fiction, poetry, memoirs, or non-fiction. It is created and hosted by Saskatchewan novelist Lisa Guenther. Reading West features published authors from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. For the most part, the podcast focuses on literature (contemporary CanLit), but writers working in other genres are welcome.
 
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In the Distance
Monthly
 
The Unofficial UBC MFA Creative Writing Opt-Res Literary Podcast!
 
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Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss Night of Power by Anar Ali and that one girl in high school who could quote Rumi (10:22); trauma doesn’t just go away (13:07); Anar joins the conversation (15:37); they fuck you up, your mum and dad (15:59); the economics of prayer (19:47); on how Dolly Parton is Bollywood (30:00)…
 
We took a brief break, but now we're back! Summer's not quite over (thank goodness) and to celebrate we have the amazing writer, mentor and literary dynamo Chelene Knight as our guest. We talk about mentorship, her upcoming novel, Junie, the right form for your writing, her new endeavours, Learn Writing Essentials and Breathing Space Creative, ...…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss their childhood Ikea awakenings (4:42); 5AM breakfast stampedes (5:49); why why why Delilah (9:23); Derek Mascarenhas joins the conversation (17:07); what’s Goa on (18:24); Neighborhood #1, Mara Wilson, and Small Things (27:38)By Semi-Prose.
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss the things they have done to get a kiss (6:26); brown female anger (10:52); SK Ali joins the conversation (16:48); on being both devout and desirous (17:38); you’re beautiful, good, valued, and wanted (25:36); CCR, Hailee Steinfeld, and a disreputable history (33:09)…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss bad experiences versus life experiences (3:04); that whole idea of being down (10:06); Yasuko Thanh joins the conversation (13:56); a list can be a dramatic thing (20:26); some bad portraits of sex workers (25:53); Beloved, The Pogues, and 600 pounds (28:46)By Semi-Prose.
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina and Max explain the differences between Smutty Sunday and Smut Salon (4:39); the fantasy of the half-formed man (6:30); that time in undergrad when Evan escaped a cult (11:34); Mona Awad joins the conversation (16:40); bunnies because they're androgynous (17:00); you look so good I just want to kill you (20:50); 'The Noise ...…
 
Why hello there. Dina and Jen are back to talk about being in public, from readings, to being online. This shortie of an episode covers a little of what writers sometimes have to do a lot. Also, Rosie is adorable.
 
Allie, Kristina, Evan and Max discuss those fumes from past relationships (1:50); the shame that motivates (7:40); whatever fucked up things you get from your parents (13:01); Sonya Lalli joins the conversation (15:57); how finding the right partner is like finding the right career (18:21); Allie, Max, and Sonya talk about the Dev’s in their ow ...…
 
It's not official, but it's basically summer. So we talk to novelist, poet, creative writing instructor, festival director, and summer aficionado, Andrea MacPherson. In this episode we discuss productivity, writing poetry and fiction sort of simultaneously, feminism in the 70s, writing with character in mind, bikinis, and Andrea's most recent n ...…
 
Allie, Kristina, Evan, and Max discuss what makes for a good ghost story (7:50); telling a ghost story is an intimate thing (12:51); the most frightening hauntings are your exes (14:58); Leanne Shapton joins the conversation (17:02); it’s photography that’s sinister (20:24); when you smell someone, you kind of know (22:10); Edith Wharton bringi ...…
 
Writers! We feel bad about ourselves. About our work, about the way we think others think about us, about the way we present ourselves out in the world. In this episode Dina and Jen get into self-loathing, and how it affects writing and life. Rosie drags a bone around. It is quiet and riveting.
 
Allie, Kristina, and Max discuss the novel's stickiest sex scenes (1:14); how telling stories is different than giving advice (5:38); the narrator as sex worker, the reader as client (12:18); Joshua Whitehead joins the conversation (14:07); stories do everything (16:00); a humility is just a humiliation you love so much (23:15); doing bear sex ...…
 
Poetry Month is over, but at Can't Lit we love to talk to poets all year long. In this episode we talk to the tremendous Laura Matwichuk about her debut poetry collection, Near Miss (Nightwood Editions), natural disasters, dreams, Armageddon (yes, the movie) and screen time. Dina rages about the most popular jeans right now, Jen is emotional ab ...…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of semi-prose! Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss 'A Mind Spread Out on the Ground' by Alicia Elliott and how Kristina used to hate on all your selfies, but no longer(6:12); explanation or excuse? (9:00); seeing mental illness in Kanye, Britney, and Jean Grey (12:00); Alicia joins the conversation (13:30); another semi-p ...…
 
No guest, but lots of chatting. Dina & Jen talk about revision, editing, working with an editor, feedback, writing groups and workshops. And more! And find out what Dina and Jen think of books about writing. You probably already know in your heart.
 
We talk to one delight about a book she wrote about another delight! Wonderful person and brilliant writer Andrea Warner is on this episode. We talk about her new book, Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography, why Buffy Sainte-Marie is totally amazing, research and writing, make-up and dog anatomy. Listen now for this truly delicious episode.…
 
They're just jealous! And here to talk about. In this episode Dina and Jen talk about professional literary jealousy and what it looks like for them, how they talk about it and how they deal.
 
Why hello there! In this episode we get to talk to amazing writer and lovely person, Lindsay Wong. We discuss her memoir, The Woo-Woo, manuscript rejection, writing about mental illness, family, eyelash extensions, and listening to music (and not listening to music). We cover a lot of ground, and give some good tips too. Both the writing kind a ...…
 
Dina and Jen talk about their experiences of being baby writers. Learn about how their careers began, about their youthful writing lives and how they each found literary community.
 
Our first guests of the year are fire! Talented and delightful writers jaye simpson and Jessica Johns join us to talk about the Indigenous Brilliance reading series, Room Magazine, writing and performance, the ethics of care, making space, fashion, and so much more. There is much laughing. We have a very fun time.…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina and Max discuss 'The Beauty of the Moment' by Tanaz Bhathena and being cheated on (4:40); on finally seeing your parent as a shitty person (8:23); if you wait for that, you're going to be waiting for a long time (15:11); Tanaz joins the conversation (15:20); why not Mississauga? (16:30); there's hope in YA (24:58); Coldpla ...…
 
It's 2019! Dina and Jen are back in the recording studio (find out where we record in the episode) without a guest and are answering questions from you, the listeners (a.k.a. friends of the podcast) that you sent us on Twitter. We talk about when the movie is better than the book, what we wish we knew as baby writers, and lipstick. Happy to be ...…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina and Max discuss ‘Original Prin’ by Randy Boyagoda and feeling guilty about being attracted to your ex (3:24); Catholic residue and the hypest hymns (11:24); it’s my cross(fit) to bear (15:11); Randy joins the conversation (16:04); it ain’t that hard being a Catholic today (18:15); Allie asks her heavy question about women ...…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss 'Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race' by Naben Ruthnum and how Gordon Ramsay brought the realness (0:33); Harold and Kumar, trailblazers (8:38); defending Fieri and mourning Bourdain (12:37); Naben Ruthnum joins the conversation (16:07); white girlfriends, longing for home, authenticity through food (17:04); ...…
 
The year's almost over, but there's one episode left with completely outstanding guest, writer, editor, and beautiful human Shazia Hafiz Ramji! We talk about her poetry collection, Port of Being, talking and not talking about craft, literary tours, what it's like to talk about the hard stuff you wrote, creepy men, otters and koi, Marisa Tomei a ...…
 
Dina travelled to LA for a little blast from podcast past with Daniel Zomparelli as guest and host. We talk about Daniel's new podcast, I'm Afraid That, books we loved this year, lawsuits we didn't, articles we didn't read and so much more. Recorded at Little Everywhere. Despite our jokes and rants we can't make up for the lack of Jen in this e ...…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max, discuss Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson and how the supernatural ain’t no thang (8:00); calming chaos through cooking (9:20); Eden Robinson joins the conversation (17:40); let’s call it screwball gothic (19:40); a staunch defense of Nickelback (20:20); the everydayness of AA (21:15); Long Hair, Don't Care (29:08)…
 
The days get drearier but the podcast gets more delightful with top drawer guest, writer, teacher, mentor, Keith Maillard! We talk about his new novel Twin Studies, writing research, relationships, Bakhtin, Refuse: CanLit in Ruins and some very enjoyable pets of CanLit. All tangents will be satisfying.…
 
Allie, Evan, Max, and Kristina discuss the Scotiabank Giller Prize winning Washington Black with Esi Edugyan. On white saviors (3:54); this is the dawning of the age of aquariums (8:49); getting closure at 22-years-old (13:34); Esi Edugyan joins the conversation (14:54); a series of farewells and returns (17:24); dancing about architecture (25: ...…
 
The days are getting darker but Can't Lit is here to brighten your day with a wonderful talk with talented writer and sweetheart Waubgeshig Rice. We talk about his new novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow as well as dystopia, masculinity, character development, 90s fashion and the dreaded diversity panel. We also talk about fun times had at the Vanc ...…
 
Boo! Don't be scared. It's just a podcast. And this episode has the beyond delightful, smart, talented and hilarious, Vivek Shraya. We discuss her new book, I'm Afraid of Men, masculinity, being a multi-disciplinary artist, readers and audiences, fashion, and so much more. And maybe we decide to write Can't Lit: The Musical.…
 
Fresh from the Fraser Valley Literary Festival Dina and Jen talk with novelist, poet, and great dog parent, Kim Fu! We talk about new latest novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, character, structure, poetry and fiction and of course dogs. Thanks to the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford for letting us record in a very quiet and ...…
 
Allie, Evan, Max, and Kristina discuss The Boat People by Sharon Bala and how Max dated a Priya (2:36); how to pronounce “Gigovaz” (3:57); Kumi as Jiminy Cricket (9:10); Sharon Bala joins the conversation (15:01); hearkening back to the “good ol’ days” (27:07); the Refugee Law Text Book, Orange Is the New Black, and “Paper Planes.” (31:52)…
 
Yes, it's fall, but in the world of this Can't Lit we're in a wildfire smoke summer haze with the truly lovely Andrew Wilmot. We discuss his debut novel The Death Scene Artist, writing genre, first book feelings, bodies, and Angelina Jolie's dating life. Jen gets real about grief and Dina admits to some Bob Seger feelings.…
 
Allie, Evan, Max, and Kristina discuss Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez and dancing to Whitney (3:17); Filipino signposts (4:28); clear eyes, hard lives, can’t lose (10:31); Catherine Hernandez joins the conversation (16:49); on keeping that lipstick neat for church (19:28); Bonnie Raitt, ballroom dancing, and Little Criminals (31:52).…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina and Max discuss Floating City by Kerri Sakamoto and the parallels to one Charles Foster Kane (1:20); how feeling entitled whilst having a chip on your shoulder is the worst combo (7:30); Evan is the podcast’s Macklemore (13:19); Kerri Sakamoto joins the conversation (17:09); when victims of racism don’t end up being the ni ...…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung, and the many musical artists – Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Billy Joel, Donna Summer – referenced within (0:47); how all basement parties are important (5:05); Nelly’s Nellyville and Kristina’s Air Force Ones (9:51); Po Po as a good ally for Nav (13:38); ...…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss I’m Afraid of Men and what’s up, exactly, with masculinity (0:46); the myth of the good man (6:01); it’s not like people are not dating incels because they’re not ripped, they’re not dating incels because they hate women (12:30); Cruise, Swayze, Keanu (14:10); Vivek Shraya joins the conversation (17:56); b ...…
 
Late summer is here! But don't be sad, because the amazing Amanda Leduc is also here to talk about her upcoming novel, The Centaur's Wife, muppets, accessibility, world building, the FOLD, and of course many other things. Jen has summer emotions, and Dina surprises everyone with her Rage Minute.
 
A special preview episode featuring outtakes from our episode with Vivek Shraya (I’m Afraid of Men).“I’m afraid of men …” (1:26); Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss the canon of toxic masculinity (3:21); Still Processing, Donald Glover, SZA, and Infinite Jest (3:59); spitting on the Dufferin bus (4:44); Kristina is very throw-able (7:50); r ...…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss An Ocean of Minutes and time travel as nostalgia (2:33); “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, Stadium Arcadium, “Me & U” by Cassie (5:03); time travelling to avoid breaking up with someone (11:40); Thea Lim joins the conversation (13:12); WG Sebald and The Rings of Saturn (15:27); What’s done is done (16:28); Kazuo Is ...…
 
Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss the novel Brother and Scarborough food-culture (3:59); Otis Redding, DJ Kool, and Toots and the Maytals(7:23); Kristina’s first trip back to Jamaica (10:11); author David Chariandy joins the conversation (15:01); writing through his stomach and his love of cookbooks (20:03); new writing on the Canadian sub ...…
 
Scaachi Koul joins us to discuss her book One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter. Allie, Evan, Kristina, and Max discuss the difference between the memoir and the essay collection (:32); about that friend who drinks too much (2:35); eating fried chicken at weddings in India (8:11); being friends with your mom, aka Gilmore Girls ...…
 
Summer is here and Dina and Jen bask in the glow of talented writer, editor, artist and all around lovely human andrea bennett! We talk about definitive hot takes, poetry, drawing, editing, bikes, and dogs and babies. This episode has it all.
 
Here's a first listen of our upcoming podcast semi-prose.By Semi-Prose.
 
Summer has arrived and this new episode with amazing writer and delightful person Samantha Marie Nock is a great sunny or rainy day companion. Discussed in this episode: the vulnerability of writing, putting together a first poetry manuscript, friendship, fear, boy bands, PUPPIES and the latest CanLit trash. Jen and Dina are emotional as usual.…
 
Jen and Dina have the best time with podcaster, scholar, writer and truly wonderful human Hannah McGregor! We talk scholarly podcasting, publishing, lipstick and bodies (don't comment on them, okay?) and of course there is rage and emotions and, yes, lots of laughter. Also, we all proclaim our love for librarians.…
 
Marita Dachsel, Charlotte Gill, Jennica Harper, Nancy Lee and Laisha Rosnau are extraordinary writers who've also been friends for twenty years! Jen and Din are lucky to talk to them about their super-friendship origin story, how they help each other with their writing, celebrating successes, being there for each other (cutting umbilical cords! ...…
 
Get excited for this bonus episode with super delight and excellent writer, Sharon Bala. We talk about her new novel, Boat People, writing refugees and immigrants, displacement, unlikeable characters, female relationships and gross politicians. And of course, we talk a little bit about fashion.
 
Hello friends! This month we have another truly exciting guest: the amazingly talented and charming, Alicia Elliott. We talk about writing non-fiction (and other genres), privilege, how we have to interrogate to be good and responsible writers, lipstick, musicals and so much more. We also play a new game: 'New Lipstick or New Poetry.' And there ...…
 
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